[Compiled] 2013 GNSI Annual Conference

2013 GNSI Conference Logo by Dick Rauh


Date: July 7 - 13, 2013
Venue: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

>2013 GNSI Conference Logo by Dick Rauh

Our 2013 Conference will be held at the College of the Atlantic, a small college occupying 35 acres and located on the ocean on Mount Desert Island in the seaside town of Bar Harbor. The college is renowned for its programs in environmental and marine studies. It is one of few colleges dedicated to the teaching of natural history, and also offers programs in art, design, poetry and writing, history, and politics, etc.

2013 conference Bar Harbor, MEBar Harbor is nestled on the east side of Mount Desert Island, surrounded by Acadia National Park, and has welcomed visitors for over a hundred years. There is a wide variety of activities for visitors: over 50 square miles of beautiful terrain for hiking, climbing and enjoying the stunning views; or go whale watching, biking the national park, camping, hiking, and canoeing. Local restaurants offer wonderful eating experiences, whether you’re in the mood for lobster, seafood, pasta, homemade desserts, breakfast or any other favorites.

If you are planning ahead for travel, Bar Harbor is easily accessible by car, 256 miles from Boston. Air travel is serviced by the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, just 12 miles from the village. Bangor International Airport is only 50 miles away.

We encourage members interested in presenting or teaching a workshop to please contact Suzanne Wegener for traditional presentations/workshops and Ikumi Kayama for digital presentations/ workshops. Information for submissions is forthcoming. Please consider contributing to the conference by sharing an experience or your expertise in a technique.

>2013 conference venue will be in Bar Harbor, ME

2013 Conference site; photo by Amy GagnonOur two previous conferences in Bar Harbor have been wonderful experiences; the campus and its personnel are a delight and the area is rich with resources. This year we are planning exciting new programs, and several features of the campus - particularly the dorms - have been expanded and modernized. As always, the three-day core conference will offer presentations on a variety of natural history topics, as well as favorite events such as our members’ exhibition, portfolio sharing, auction, and banquet. After the core conference, ½-day to 2-day workshops and field trips will be offered.

>Bar Harbor, ME; photo by Amy Gagnon

Call for presenters: Please contact the appropriate person in the list above with a 100-200 word description of your Presentation or Workshop. 

Conference Contact:

Suzanne Wegener, Traditional Presentations/Workshops
Ikumi Kayama, Digital Presentations/Workshops
Sara Taliaferro, conference Co-Coordinator
Karen Ackoff, Conference Co-Coordinator

GNSI Conference and Other Events

Mark Your Calendars! Click the links for more information:

July 7 - 13, 2013
Location: College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Gretchen Halpert sketching in MaineYes, it is official! We will be meeting in Bar Harbor next summer for the 2013 GNSI Conference. Start planning to attend, and also consider giving a presentation or workshop. You can find out more, and get the call for presenters contact information on the website.

>GNSI Member Gretchen Halpert sketching in Maine








GNSI 2013 Member's Exhibit Call

Webpage for the GNSI annual meeting is up, but the full selection of information will not be released until some time next week. Until then you can find the immediately needed GNSI 2013 Member's Exhibit forms and the new Online Submission form links on the homepage!

Conference Website

If you have issues with using the online submission form we would love to hear about it. We think it is working well!

I am looking forward to a great meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine with lots of great content. We all hope you can come!

GNSI 2013 Member's Exhibit Call

Submission period: February 26, 2013 - 5:00pm to April 17, 2013 - 3:59am

All GNSI members in good standing are invited to enter their work in the 2013 Annual Members’ Exhibit!

CALL Deadline Extended!

online: by midnight, April 16
mail: The April 11th deadline has passed

This juried show will be exhibited at the Dorr Museum, on the campus of the College Of The Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME, site of the 2013 GNSI Annual Conference.

Members are invited to submit up to two entries; exhibit space is limited. Works up to 30” wide (framed) are preferred. There is limited space available for small 3D works (no large than 10” tall), which will be displayed in glass cases.

NEW this year: online entry! You may submit your entries and forms directly online at the same URL. You may also email or mail your entries to exhibit coordinator, Jamie Guth.

Annual Members Exhibit will be held at the Dorr Museum at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. This will be a juried exhibit, open July 7 - August 24.

Original artwork, gallery quality prints, sculpture, or multimedia of work created either with traditional or digital techniques or a mix thereof; science or nature-related themes. Enter up to 2 images.

Please note: Wall space for this exhibit is very limited and will restrict the number of pieces we can display; additional space may be available, but we won’t know for sure until later in the spring. We strongly encourage you to submit smaller pieces (30” max) if possible, so that a greater number of works can be exhibited.

Small Works Exhibit: This non-juried exhibit will feature tiny works inspired by any previous GNSI conference. Original work is encouraged, but prints are fine, in any medium; reflect your real or imagined experience. Submit art no larger than 3.5” x 4” (with an1/8” bleed all around for framing). You do the art, we do the framing — for a small fee; fee is waived if you donate your art to the Auction! Send art only. Please include a check for $15 to cover framing costs. No limit on entries. Mailing instructions for the Small Works exhibit are on page 3 of the PDF.

We encourage you to offer your Small Works to the auction to help raise funds for the GNSI General and Education Funds.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all GNSI members in good standing.
Acceptance letters: will be emailed/mailed by May 20, 2013


  • Digital files preferred: JPG format only please, 75/100 quality
  • Maximum of 2560 x 2560 pixels/Minimum of 1500 x 1500 pixels, no files larger than 5 MB each.
  • Multimedia entries: SWF or MOV formats (for files over 5MB-CD or File Sharing)
  • To submit slides, please contact Jamie for information

Entry Form: Download or contact Jamie for a copy.


1] ONLINE (preferred):

2] By email:

  • Send an electronic copy of the exhibit entry form plus attached images of the artwork
  • Title of the email should read “GNSI Exhibit”
  • Email entries by April 16, 2013


  • Fill out the exhibit entry form, and burn the image files to a CD. Label the CD with your first and last name, and “GNSI 2013 Exhibit.”
  • Mail form and CD to Jamie Guth (address below), Attn: GNSI Exhibit
  • CDs will not be returned.
  • Postmark deadline: April 11, 2013


Contact Jamie Guth

GNSI Exhibit Deadline Extended One Week

Great news!

The entry deadline for the upcoming Plants, Birds, and Pollinators Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens has been extended one week!

If you were at the conference or traveling on your summer vacation, or just hopelessly behind schedule (and who isn't?), this is your redemption. (Thank you, Mervi!)

NEW ENTRY DEADLINE: The submission closes 08.11.2013, 11:59 p.m. MST
NOTE: This is Mountain Standard Time!
ENTRY LINK: www.callforentry.org

No further extensions will be granted, no more excuses... time to get busy!


GNSI 2013 Auction

March 25, 2013

2013 auctionI'm Erin Hunter, and I'll be the auction coordinator for the 2013 conference in Bar Harbor, Maine. I'm looking forward to organizing this important aspect of our conference, which helps raise money for our both our Education and General Funds. I'll be sending out reminders as we get closer to the conference, but in the meantime, let me fill you in on some details.

>Donate your items to the GNSI auction!

As those of you who have attended conferences know, the auction is a not only a fundraiser for GNSI but also a really fun part of the conference. Donations are collected from members, art supply stores, natural history museums and the like, and they are displayed at the conference for members to bid on at a silent auction. Large ticket items, such as original John Cody watercolor paintings or prints, are auctioned off at a live auction, presided over this year by our own Dave Clarke. Refreshments are available to fortify you as you compete with fellow GNSI members for these much-coveted prizes!

Funds generated by the conference auction are currently split evenly between our Education Fund and the General Fund and are an important source of income for GNSI. I encourage you to donate to the auction, whether your contribution is small (a pencil set) or large (a framed, original painting). Here are a few suggestions:

  • Notecards, mugs, bags, or other items featuring your illustrations/designs
  • Original artwork
  • Handmade, decorative or other art papers
  • Books you've illustrated
  • Field sketching kits
  • Natural history items (e.g. pinned, boxed insects or herbarium specimens)
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Oddball, fun items are always welcome!


If you have an item in mind but aren't sure whether it will work for the auction, please feel free to email me. I'll have more details soon about where to send items if you plan to ship them before the conference.

I look forward to seeing you all in Bar Harbor!


Erin Hunter
GNSI Auction Coordinator

2013 GNSI Conference website is open!

The Print Registration form is up now. Print the PDF and mail today to be the first in line for activities with limited space. The online registration form will be up next week.

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2013 Conference Committee is excited to welcome you to Bar Harbor, Maine! We offer an outstanding lineup of workshops and presentations, events, and field trips, so make plans to share and learn with illustrators from far and wide. It will be an outstanding week of fun, camaraderie, and networking.

Register early! Housing on campus is limited, and we have put together an excellent room-and-board package. Dorms are new or newly-renovated, and the food is top notch. The campus is well-equipped but small, and getting around is easy. If you elect to stay off-campus, there are hotels, motels, inns, and campgrounds.

There are still a few spaces available for presenters to sign up. Give one of the Coordinators a shout to present your topic.

The site will continue to add more details over the next week or two, but if you have any questions now, send us a message with the contact form.

See you in Maine!

Sara Taliaferro
2013 GNSI Conference Committee Chair

GNSI 2013 Conference On-line Registration is Open!

Get the best workshops & Field trip slots! Register for a day or a week of great education and camaraderie with your illustrator colleagues.

Learn something new, teach something new to others, enjoy art and nature! Review what is lined up for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference and register! The web registration works really well!

Register before June 5th to save $45 on registration.

Join us in Bar Harbor for an outstanding learning experience and a fun time!

GNSI 2013 Conference- Help us spread the word!

There is less than 2 weeks before the end of the early registration period for the July 7-13, 2013 GNSI Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Please help us spread the news as far and wide as possible. Please consider posting a note to your facebook page or blog if you have one:


GNSI Science Illustration Conference

Bar Harbor, Maine, July 7-13, 2013

Learn something new, teach something new to others, enjoy art and nature! Review what is lined up for the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference and register! Save on registration if you sign up by June 5th.

Featured Keynote Speaker: James Gorman, Science writer and editor for the New Your Times.

GNSI 2013 Conference Poster

2013 conference posterBar Harbor Poster!

We now have a letter-size poster advertising the GNSI Bar Harbor Conference for you download, print, and post on bulletin boards in your office or hand out to your friends, students, relatives, and colleagues!

Encourage them to join us in Bar Harbor to Meet, Learn and Sketch!

Many thanks to Dan Mitchell for putting this great poster together so quickly! And thanks to Ben Smith for use of his wonderful lobster graphic!

>2013 GNSI Conference Poster. Design by Dan Mitchell. Lobster by Ben Smith.

Notes and acknowledgments:

This blog post is a compilation of multiple blog articles and announcements relating to the 2013 GNSI Annual conference.

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